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adidas hosts the first running community meet in the country with #BoostManila

Some known and active running groups in the metro get a boost when adidas hosts the first meet up dubbed #BoostManila on April 14 held at Terra 28th Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City.  Over a hundred members from these running running groups participate a short run around the commercial district area.

Boost Manila Invite

Leading the pack from the north is Run365phAyala Triads (Makati), Team Titans Manila (Pasig), Urban Runners (BGC), and Snail Runners (Alabang).

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Run 365 Philippines
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Ayala Triads
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Team Titans Manila
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Urban Runners
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Snail Runners

Unveiled last year was the Ultra BOOST shoes known as the greatest running shoe ever because of its cushioning, one of the many products that adidas has developed for the dedicated runner.

adidas boost Manila aims to build a community of runners who will further influence more to embrace the sport.  Running alongside said running groups and part of the adidas roster is Team Pangilinan.

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Team Pangilinan

“Running has gotten quite big in the country and this is a category that we want to  focus on this year,” says adidas Philippines brand communications and sports marketing Jen Dacasin.

“We are joined by around a hundred runners from different parts of the city and it’s important for us to go grassroots, be present among these communities, and give that boost by allowing them to not just learn about our products but also experience them,” says Dacasin.

Lucky winners get to win adidas BOOST shoe and wear adidas shirt.

Transition One (T1) Apparel Review

It was during a blogging event where I had the chance to inform someone (well, he was our coach in a running clinic sponsored by Mizuno in 2007) that I was interested to use Transition One (T1) multisport apparel for an aquathlon event. To my delight and surprise, Coach “Ige” thru his better half, Maui, offered the product for free and asked me to wear them in return for a product review that I could post on my site.  Awesome!

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From HP Recovery Run in BGC, Taguig City to Splash ‘N Dash Aquathlon in Marikina City

The very reasons why I wanted to wear T1 are: first, for comfort.  It wasn’t much of an issue during transition time—from swimming to running—as the apparel was meant for those.  Second reason is, in terms of quality, it’s more than OK since it’s locally made.  I saw some ultra distance friends using those apparels in a race.  Third reason is, availability.  Since it’s made locally, getting one of those is easy as  it’s readily available in select stores.  Last reason is, in terms of price, it’s affordable or, not as expensive as the leading brands.  I think it’s important to know what multisport apparel to wear based on the distance of the race in which you are competing.  In my case, since I don’t do swim race often, shorts with minimal padding and a tank top or jersey with tighter fitting top, which are technically, what I wanted in a multisport apparel. Having tried the not-so-expensive-T1-suit, without sacrificing comfort and quality, I think, was a smart move.

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Splash ‘N Dash Aquathlon – 3rd Leg, La Stanza, Marikina City (Photo by Photo-Ops)

December of last year, I used the apparel not only in an aquathlon race but also in a running event that happened one after the other on the same day.  I was given two jerseys.  One I wore the day before race day to try and other one I wore on race day itself.  For product specifications, you may access this Transition One website for full description.   Even though the two races, Unilab’s Enervon HP Recovery 10K running event at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and the Splash ‘N Dash Aquathlon in Marikina City, were totally different racing events, wearing the same apparel was alright as it was meant for a two-stage race involving swimming and running anyway.

I liked the snug fitting jersey.  Simply pulling the front zipper a few inches down can provide much ventilation and off you go with your best run ever.  Overall, l didn’t encounter any problem wearing the T1 suit. ln fact, l would wear them again for another testing once I get myself  a bike. 

That said, though this is a late post, I would like to thank two people who were instrumental for me to try the suit.  Thank you, Coach Ige and Maui Lopez for the opportunity.  I was aiming for the win on that day, but for some reason the body did not cooperate.  Stress related to work among other things got the better of me that I was not feeling up to par during the aquathlon race.  Will make it up next time.

(Disclaimer: I was given this multisport apparel for free to review on my blog, courtesy of Transition One thru fellow Happy Feet Maui Lopez and good friend Coach Ige Lopez.   I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, nor agree to give a positive review. Aside from information obtained from the T1 website, the opinions are my own.)

Saucony Ride 7 Review

 Saucony.   WE KNOW BECAUSE WE RUN.

There is nothing better than opening that shoe box to find a fresh pair of running shoes ready for you to slip on.  Thanks to Saucony Philippines for giving me another opportunity to review the Saucony Ride 7.   I always wear new running shoes on shorter runs for several days before wearing them on a long run, then eventually use them in a race.  I walked it around first in the house and while on a trip for the holidays.  I won’t dwell on the technical part of the review as there are already a lot of materials available on the net and we can just easily ask Dr. Google.

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Ride 7 surprises me—in a good way.  First, I love the color of the shoe!  But I think I’m a bit biased because green is my fave color.  On observation, it looks like a bulky shoe but it is actually deceptively light. The fit is perfect for my wide feet unlike with Kinvara 3, which is a bit narrow for me.  It is large enough to accommodate the extra thickness of my socks.

I am a high-arched runner, and high-arched foot is suited for neutral cushioning shoes that do not have stability features.  Again, Ride 7 is perfect for me since it falls under the neutral category.  It has a seamless feel with breathable mesh to keep the feet comfortable.  It has plenty of cushioning and a nice bounce.

To top it off, Ride 7 has a reflective detail designed for visibility when running in the dark.  That being said, I received the shoes before Christmas and have run 119.17 kilometers in them (based on my Garmin Forerunner 305 watch) since December last year.

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Date Activity Distance (in KMs)
12.23.2014 Walking

Not measured

12.25.2014 Regular Training Run

10.09

12.27.2014 Regular Training Run

10.03

12.31.2014 Long Slow Distance (LSD)

10.21

01.02.2015 Regular Training Run

  9.13

01.04.2015 LSD

11.75

01.11.2015 LSD

21.40

01.18.2015 Takbo.ph 20-Mile Race

32.00

01.20.2015 Regular Training Run

9.56

01.27.2015 Regular Training Run

5.00

Total

119.17

Profile: Women’s Performance

Style no. 10241-2 | Technical-Neutral | Silver, Purple/Citron | Ride 7 | Lighter than its predecessor by .5 ounces  (8.5 oz.) | Price: Php 5000+

Saucony Ride 7 won the Editor’s Choice Award from Runner’s World in 2014.

About Saucony

Saucony is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals.  Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award winning innovations.  At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run.  A great day is when we inspire someone else to run.